Some of my favorite projects are altered books because there are no rules whatsoever and it's a great way to recycle materials in a beautiful way. I love the fact that you can do anything in the books such as creating black out poetry using sharpees, painting, adding fabric, wallpaper, tissue, or cheesecloth, stenciling or stamping, writing, cutting, adding or removing pages or objects, creating pockets or windows...the list is endless, I look around the house, in shops, and hardware stores for items to add or incorporate found objects off the street. I like to focus on a theme, which sometimes comes to me immediately and at other times comes while I work. One of the things I love to add to my books are photos transfers, and though there are several ways to transfer photos, the easiest and most durable is by utilizing clear contact paper which is used to line cupboards and is available almost everywhere.
In order to transfer images, the first thing that is needed is a photo, either from a magazine or photocopy (copies from inkjet or deskjet printers don't transfer). First I peel a corner of the paper backing off of the contact paper and stick it to the corner of the image I have selected. It is important to reduce the possibility of air bubbles so as I slowly peel the paper backing away from the contact paper, I attach it to my image while rubbing it on well using the surface of my thumbnail.
Once the contact paper is well adhered, I soak the image in warm water for approximately 15 minutes. At this point I begin to rub off the wet paper until I like the look of the image that is left on the contact paper...I tend to rub off more to give it an aged appearance and to make it transparent so that any writing or colour that is on my altered book page shows through.
Here are a few of the altered books I have enjoyed creating:
Altered Book Pages
Altered Books::Rustic Simplicity
Altering a Book
AIRdirondack Art Project